What was once a popular German tradition can now be just as fun in your own garden. Easter egg trees are great for adding instant spring color to drab landscapes. While traditionally eggs are hung on the branches of shrubs or trees (or potted branches indoors), why not go one step further and enjoy these beauties by “planting” them instead. Keep reading to learn how to make an Easter tree garden.
Creating an Easter Garden
Easter egg tree planting begins by collecting your chosen eggs. You can decorate them however you want beforehand or leave them be and do it later. It’s generally better to start out small with just a few eggs, unless you want to plant a hedge of a dozen or so. The eggs should be planted at least 4 inches (10 cm.) deep in well-draining, fertile soil. If you’re planting more than one of these magnificent trees, keep the spacing at around 6 inches (15 cm.). And remember to begin sowing at least 8-10 weeks in advance so you can enjoy your eggs in time for Easter!
Since it can take some time for these eggs to sprout into new trees, you can always cheat and go the quicker route by planting an Easter eggplant, which will germinate in only a couple weeks, before maturing into an exciting plant loaded with gorgeous white eggs that deepen into cream, yellow, and orange. This is also a good option for those having little space, as the plants only reach about 12-36 inches (30-91 cm.) tall, making them suitable for containers too.
Additional Plants for Easter
In addition to your newly planted Easter tree, you’ll want to capture the essence of this festive occasion by adding other elements reminiscent of the holiday.
Okay, so not everyone is a fan of those colorful little marshmallow peeps, but some people do enjoy them. Even if you don’t want to eat the sticky chicks, they’re still cute and fun to have in the garden. An easy way to save money is to grow your own marshmallow plant. Keep in mind these plants for Easter prefer marsh-like or damp areas. That said, there are many varieties and flavors available, so you’re apt to find just the right one.
Don’t forget your Easter grass. While there are a number of grasses that can be grown in the Easter garden, wheatgrass is an excellent choice, but other fast-growing varieties such as rye or oats work well too. Just make sure the type you choose is appropriate for the conditions in your area. And, as you’re waiting for the seed to germinate, consider adding a mesh cover to protect the grass from birds, animals and insect pests.
Other plants for Easter that can be added to the garden might include:
• Rabbits aren’t always welcome, but Easter is an acceptable time to invite them. Help your garden come alive with bunny tail grass or bunny ears. You’ll need something to feed all those rabbits, so be sure to plant some carrots too.
• What’s an Easter egg tree with the hens and chicks? These easy-care plants are a must have for your outdoor Easter décor. Celebrate the holiday with decorative balloons by planting balloon flowers around your Easter tree.
• And, of course, what would Easter be without chocolate. Grow some yummy chocolate mint, chocolate mimosa, and other chocolate flowers so your family can enjoy these delightful snacks as well.
As you can see, creating an Easter garden is easy and will delight the little ones for months to come with lots of eggs and other treats come harvest time. Remember to keep an Easter basket handy for harvesting all these goodies!
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!